Dyeing and tie-dye techniques

Wet fabric method and sprinkling technique

The fabric to be dyed is folded in the same way as for the dry fabric method. However, before being dipped into the dyes/colourings, the fabric should be wet thoroughly enabling the dyes to spread further through the water in the fabric creating a diffused edge in contrast to the sharp edges which result from the dry fabric dip and dye method.


This is a colouring technique that is very easy yet can create stunning effects which can be used as a background and enhanced with 3D paints. Plain coloured fabric must be thoroughly wet and then spread flat onto paper on which it is left to dry after colouring. Easibrush or Brusho watercolour powders are used which are supplied in small tubs because of their concentrated nature. Make holes in the lids of the tubs with a compass point so that the powders can be sprinkled onto the wet fabric.

The process is very easy but take care with the colour choices made. The most effective results are gained by using for example hot colours, cold colours, colour families or 2 / 3 contrasting colours. As the powders touch the wet fabric they begin to spread creating pleasing patterns with merging colours and the pupils will be able to see the colour mixing effect – chromatography. This effect is not wash proof. It can be used on cotton, polyester cotton, and linen as well as paper.